Patterns

Heartfelt Door Topper

Heartfelt Door Topper

Add a meaningful message to a door topper By Betty Padden In Woodcarving Illustrated Spring 2013 (Issue 62), Betty Padden demonstrated how to carve and paint a door topper that features a rural house scene. We’ve included instructions to carve and paint a matching text bar to go along with the […]

by February 7, 2013 Patterns, Projects
Carving a Stone

Carving a Stone

Creating a realistic rock from wood By Kenny Vermillion Photography by Carl Saathoff In Woodcarving Illustrated Spring 2013 (Issue 62), Kenny Vermillion offered a few simple techniques for carving a rock out of wood. Attached below is a full step-by-step article to carve, texture, and paint a stone carved from […]

by February 5, 2013 Patterns, Projects
Carving Animals for Noah’s Ark

Carving Animals for Noah’s Ark

Power-carve an assortment of animals two by two By Tom Hindes Thousands of men and women have probably received a rotary tool as a gift and, not knowing what to do with it, put it in a drawer. This is unfortunate because you can use a rotary tool to have […]

by July 25, 2012 Patterns, Projects
Whittling Little Folk – Pattern Correction

Whittling Little Folk – Pattern Correction

Harley Refsal’s new book, Whittling Little Folk, is receiving a lot of positive feedback from Woodcarving Illustrated readers. In addition to the compliments, readers shared that the pattern for Kristian on page 23 is incorrect, and the pattern for Lawrence on page 123 needs a few minor alterations. For Lawrence, […]

by August 15, 2011 Patterns
Super Simple Santa, Fisherman, Soldier Ornaments

Super Simple Santa, Fisherman, Soldier Ornaments

Faces are quick and easy when you hide the eyes By Don Worley Many people are familiar with the tiny biting insect called the no-see-um. I created a series of carvings I call no-see-ums because the eyes are hidden by hats or hair. Designed to eliminate the task of carving […]

by July 26, 2011 Patterns, Projects
Roly-Poly Bear

Roly-Poly Bear

Power carve this cute critter from a basswood egg By Keith Dalton These days, eggs don’t just hatch birds. I’ve found plenty of small furry creatures hiding inside wooden eggs. With a few bits, a rotary tool, and a woodburner, you can create your own collection of egg animals. While […]

by April 26, 2011 Patterns, Projects
Carving a Scandinavian-Style Troll Queen

Carving a Scandinavian-Style Troll Queen

Classic flat-plane design is a great beginner caricature By Harley Refsal Trolls are popular subjects from Scandinavian folklore. These fanciful creatures are ideal for carving in the flat-plane folk-art style, which originated in Scandinavia. This queen is the mate of the troll I carved in Woodcarving Illustrated Summer 2004 (Issue […]

by February 4, 2011 Patterns, Projects
Ribbon and Flowers Frames

Ribbon and Flowers Frames

This romantic frame makes a meaningful gift for a loved one By Mike Davies Shapes, symbols, and objects can be brought together to tell stories, and as woodcarvers we have the opportunity to capture these stories in our work. This picture frame in the shape of a heart, bound with […]

by February 1, 2011 Patterns, Projects
Shelf Sitter Elf

Shelf Sitter Elf

Fantasy caricature hangs out on any ledge By Floyd Rhadigan I love to create projects that incorporate my two passions: fantasy literature and caricature carving. This little elf shelf sitter, guaranteed to elicit a smile, blends the two together perfectly. Fantasy caricatures are a lot of fun because they allow […]

by September 2, 2010 Patterns, Projects
Building a Carving Arm

Building a Carving Arm

Shop-made holding device promotes safe carving techniques By LaVerne “Sid” Sidler I strongly encourage all woodcarvers to secure their carvings with the use of a holding device, such as a carving arm. Holding devices secure the carving allowing the woodcarver to use both hands on the tool. This technique provides […]

by June 1, 2010 Patterns, Projects